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General

  • Aatrox is voiced by Erik Ireland [1].
  • Aatrox, Dr. MundoSquare Dr. Mundo, MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser, VladimirSquare Vladimir, and ZacSquare Zac are the only champions that use their own health as a resource for abilities.
  • Aatrox glides when having high movement speed.
  • Massacre Massacre's activation can be faintly heard anywhere on the map, with the voices speaking while active being Aatrox's voice-over lines played in reverse.
    • Enemies hit by Massacre Massacre will leave a blood trail between themselves and Aatrox that he will rapidly absorb (this is a remaining visual effect from PBE testing, where Aatrox would gain attack speed based on how many enemies had been hit by Massacre Massacre, that was recycled in V5.6).
  • Aatrox can still use emotes during Blood Well Blood Well's revive.
  • Aatrox's backstory references well-known war deities: especially Greek Ares, Mesopotamian Nergal, Semitic Resheph, etc..
  • Aatrox is a word play on Latin atrox "fierce, savage, cruel" in turn from ater "dull black, dark", from root PIE *h₂eh₁ter- "fire";[2] all referencing the Darkin weapon's physical manifestation and demonic nature (punning on dark kin), various historical fire-based weapons, the scorched earth strategy, and his 'war as an artform' philosophy. Latin atrox gives rise to Anglo-French atrocity.
    • In-universe, Aatrox is likely the closest humans' pronunciation of the Darkin's real-name, whose meaning remains unknown.
  • Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage is speculated to be Aatrox's missing left arm glove. Its passive is also coincidentally similar to Aatrox's.
  • Aatrox is the first (and to this day, only) champion to have 2 login screens and themes, excluding skins.
    • As all characters since Lulu received their own login screen, it means Aatrox is the most recent champion to get a full VGU.

Lore

  • Aatrox has spent the most time imprisoned, and- since his was the first, it was also an imperfect one that likely damaged him in the process. By the time the mages had imprisoned VarusSquare Varus, they'd perfected the process a little more.

Quotes

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    Aatrox.attack10
    e "Rage against the dying of the light" references Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas.
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    Aatrox.move10
    e "I know what lurks in the hearts of man" references The Shadow by Walter B. Gibson ("Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows... ")
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    Aatrox.move03
    e "Peace is the greatest lie of all" might be referencing the Code of the Sith from Star Wars ("Peace is a lie, there is only passion... ")
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    Aatrox.taunt03
    e "Even those who have nothing can give their lives" might be referencing Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.
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    Aatrox.move02
    e "Pain is temporary, victory is forever" references "Pain is temporary, pride is forever".
  • Most of his taunts reference "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain".

Skins

Aatrox OriginalCircle Classic Aatrox [S|L]
Aatrox JusticarCircle Justicar Aatrox [S|L]
Aatrox MechaCircle Mecha Aatrox [S|L]
Chromaskins Chromas: Obsidian, Pearl, Tanzanite
Aatrox SeaHunterCircle Sea Hunter Aatrox [S|L]

Relations

  • Aatrox is actually the Darkin once imprisoned in the sword. Aatrox' current body belongs to the thoroughly corrupt human wielder.[1]
    • TryndamereSquare Tryndamere is suspected to have been chosen as Aatrox's new host, the attack on his village to serve as proof of his worth ("Tryndamere, my greatest creation") and Tryndamere DemonbladeCircle Demonblade Tryndamere [S|L] as the potential end result of merging unhinged bloodlust and unbridled rage into a single vessel ("This one's rage will shape the world")

References

  1. Erik Ireland
  2. DeVaan, M. Etymoligical Dictionary of Latin and other Italic languages, p. 60